Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

The Truth, Unsweetened: Informing Consumers on Sugar Consumption and Obesity

In recent years, a number of jurisdictions have passed laws aimed at educating consumers on the negative health impacts related to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Efforts in San Francisco and Philadelphia to implement warning labels on advertising and an excise tax son sales of SSBs are facing legal challenges by the beverage industry.

State Approaches to Boating Under the Influence

Boat operators under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause hundreds of injuries and deaths every year. All states in the U.S. have laws on boating under the influence yet the unique nature of waterways presents not only an increased danger for those consuming alcohol, but also creates significant challenges and barriers for enforcement.

New Resources 

Policy Scan: State Laws on Boating Under the Influence  

Recreational boating is a popular summer activity throughout the United States. Yet, the combination of boating with alcohol and drugs, or “boating under the influence (BUI)”, has serious public health, legal, and economic ramifications for both boat operators and passengers. All 50 states and the District of Columbia prohibit the operation of a boat while intoxicated. This resource explores how state laws differ in the applicability of BUI laws in certain scenarios, the requirements for intoxication testing, as well as the type of penalties they assess.

Boating Under the Influence - Summary of State Laws 

This resource summarizes BUI laws in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and outlines specific provisions including requirements for intoxication testing, consent, and types of penalties.

Upcoming Webinars

Electronic Health Information: State and Local Approaches to Data Sharing

Health information technology tools such as electronic health records (EHRs) capture clinical data that can be used at the point of care, shared among providers and public health to facilitate care coordination, and analyzed to support public health goals. Our October 20 webinar will focus on the importance of data sharing for public health, examining public health information exchange and efforts under way to improve the ability of state and local public health agencies to access and use electronic health information.

Ask the Experts

States with Drug Overdose Review Panels

Since 2001, drug overdose deaths have been on the rise in the U.S. Overdose review panels can be employed to examine overdose deaths in order to identify trends and patterns and recommend policy and legal interventions that may prove effective. The Network was recently asked for information about states that have established drug overdose review panels.

The Network at APHA 2016

The Network will be among the exhibitors at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting October 29 -November 2 in Denver. Network Members who stop by our booth will receive a small thank you gift for supporting the Network’s mission through your continued involvement. If you’re getting this newsletter, you’re a member – and we hope to see you in Denver!

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